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Book Review: My Lady Jane

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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows ~ 491 pages ~ published 6/7/16 by HarperTeen

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

 

What I Thought:

It took me a while to pick up this book, as it was super hyped, and as I’ve stated before I tend to wait to read hyped books. However, as this book is the first in a series, and the second book in the series (My Plain Jane) was just released, I decided it was time to go ahead and give this book a shot. Well, I needn’t have been worried, because this book was absolutely delightful and hilarious!

I have been a really big fan of Tudor history for a long time, but I really have never known a whole lot about Edward’s reign, or what happened in the period between his death and Mary’s ascension to power. Now, allow me to say this, if you are looking for an accurate portrayal of history, this is not the book for you. While it does take actual history into consideration, it is very much a work of fiction. Just so we are all on the same page 😉 Even so, I did learn some things about history that I didn’t know before picking up this novel, which is always fun!

I really enjoyed the format of this book. Each chapter is told from either Edward, Jane, or G’s perspective, respectively, and I loved each and every one of them. All three had so much humor infused into their characters, but in unique ways. Obviously I related the most to Jane, who has her nose in a book so often that her intended literally had no idea what she looked like 😂 She loves literature, and she is super spunky. She is my spirit animal haha

I really enjoyed how they basically replaced the Catholic church and the Church of England with the Verities and the Eðians, again respectively. (The Verities being the school of thought that people should only be people, and the Eðians being the people who can also be animals, and like it that way.) I thought that this helped to make light of the battle waged between these two churches during Mary’s reign, as well as giving this story its own unique twist.

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you like historical fiction, but also like a little bit of fantasy and some silliness thrown in for good measure. It was a fun, fast read that I really loved, and caused a lot of laugh out loud moments! I cannot wait to read My Plain Jane now!

 

My Rating:

5.0/5.0

I gave My Lady Jane 5 STARS! It was cleverly written, extremely funny, and so creative!


Are you interested in learning more about this book/series? Check out the links below! 

Cynthia Hand’s Website

Brodi Ashton’s Website

Jodi Meadows’ Website

My Lady Jane on Goodreads

Purchase My Lady Jane on Amazon 


Have you read My Lady Jane? Have you read My Plain Jane yet? What is your opinion of them? Let me know down in the comments! 

Love and happy reading,

Posted in Book Tags

The Literary Dinner Party Tag

I found this tag over on Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books blog, and I thought it looked like so much fun! If you aren’t already following Kristin, you should go and check out her blog! She is awesome, and her blog is fantastic!

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1: One Character Who Can Cook/Likes to Cook

Flora from The Cafe By The Sea by Jenny Colgan

Flora has a lot of issues, but she makes all sorts of amazing Scottish goodies! Every time Jenny Colgan describes the food in this book, it makes my mouth water!

2: One Character Who Has Money to Fund the Party

Mr. Bingley from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This answer is two-fold: Mr. Bingley certainly has enough money to throw a great party, but he is also just a delightful human being! I feel like any party thrown by him would be fantastic, as well as full of…umm…interesting moments 😉

3: One Character Who Might Cause a Scene

Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

If there is anything that Will is good at, it is certainly making a scene. But, obviously in the most splendid way possible! He would certainly keep the party lively.

4: One Character Who is Funny/Amusing

Lady Jane Grey from My Lady Jane by The Lady Janies

While she might have her head stuck behind a book for much of the evening (that’s my kind of girl right there), when she does take notice of the rest of the party, she is certain to have many a witty thing to say. (I couldn’t stop laughing while reading this book!)

5: One Character Who is Super Social/Popular

Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

You absolutely cannot throw a good dinner party without inviting Magnus! He is precious and wonderful, and I just love him okay?!

6: One Villain

Lira from To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Okay, so she is more of an anti-hero than a villain, but Lira is just too awesome not to invite her. I hope that Mr. Bingley has a really large tank in which to put her…

7: One Couple – Doesn’t Have to Be Romantic

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I cannot have a party without Elizabeth Bennet!! Her witticisms and brilliance will make the party have so much more sparkle! Plus, with Mr. Bingley hosting the party, Mr. Darcy is far more likely to actually show up!

8: One Hero/Heroine

Starr Carter from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I would absolutely love to see the dynamic between Starr and some of the other people at this dinner party! She is not afraid to speak her mind, so I see some really fun conversations happening.

9: One Under-appreciated Character

Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I have always been Team Peeta! I know a lot of people find him to be kind of a blah character, but I have always really liked Peeta. He is kind, funny, caring, and artistic. And he has a marshmallow heart that is too good for this world!!

10: One Character of Your Own Choosing

Suze Simon from The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot

Suze would be such a fun dinner guest! She can talk to ghosts (and on occasion kiss them 😉 ) and I just think she would add some color to an already colorful guest list!


I tag:  Bree | Lili | Luna | Margaret

What do you think of my dinner party guests? Who would you invite? Let me know down in the comments! 

Love and happy reading,